This program will be submitted for MCLE. More information will be shared soon.   

Contact Monica Phillips, for more information. 

Thursday, June 6, 2024
7:30 AMRegistration opens  
7:30 AM - 8:20 AMNetworking Breakfast

Meet and engage with the ChIPs community

8:20 AM - 8:35 AMWelcome Remarks

Welcome Remarks presented by Dorian Daley, Board Director at Panetta Institute, ChIPs Board member, and former GC of Oracle.

8:35 AM - 8:50 AMTable Networking

Engage with the ChIPsters at your table and set intentions for the day.

8:50 AM - 9:20 AMFireside Chat with Mallun Yen and Michelle Lee

Opening Fireside Chat: ChIPs Executive Director Joan Toth moderates this Fireside Chat featuring Mallun Yen and Michelle Lee as they set the stage for the day in this fireside chat that highlights the founding of ChIPs, career pivots, and what they see for the future of AI in law and tech. Featuring:


  • Michelle Lee, CEO Obsidian Strategies; Former Under Secretary of Commerce for IP, VP Amazon (AI), Google; Co-Founder ChIPs, Board Director, Startup Advisor
  • Mallun Yen, CEO and Founder, Operator Collective; Board of Directors, PureStorage; Co-Founder ChIPs

9:20 AM - 10:10 AMIs AI coming for your job?

Learn about the Practical Implications of AI in this panel featuring: 


  • Michelle Lee, CEO & Founder, Obsidian Strategies
  • Lisa McFall, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Workday, Inc
  • Katherine Tong, Product Counsel at Google DeepMind
  • Moderator: Mallun Yen, Founder, Operator Collective


10:10 AM - 11:00 AMVenture Capital 101: How companies get funded, and how ChIPsters can get involved in VC

How companies get funded, and how ChIPsters can get involved in VC (including with limited capital), featuring:

  • Julie Castro Abrams, Founder, How Women Invest
  • Sandy Diao, General Partner, IOVC
  • Moderator, Christa Zado, Administrative Patent Judge, PTAB
11:00 AM - 11:45 AMNetworking Break

Join us for refreshments and organized networking activity

11:45 AM - 12:45 PMFirsts and Pivots

Whether You’re seeking a “first” opportunity, taking on new responsibilities, or pivoting to something new, this session will prepare you to succeed and Rise. Enjoy this session led by Delida Costin, board director, tech executive, and digital media veteran who is the former Chief Legal Officer of Pandora, Grove, and Group Black. Participants will take part in a 30-minute workshop at your table moderated by ChIPs community members to create your personal action plan.  

12:45 PM - 2:15 PMNetworking Lunch

Use this time to take a brain break, or sign up for lunch club for more focused networking

2:15 PM - 3:05 PMRISE UP to the top: GC’s talk about their path to RISE UP to the C-suite

Our paths are not linear. Learn how you can Rise Up and set priorities to live a life by design. Sometimes we don't end up where we expected, but we end up where we need to be. Hear from these leading GCs and the opportunities to rise up in your career. Featuring: 


  • Shanti Ariker, Chief Legal Officer, JFrog
  • Angela Chadwick, General Counsel, Wing 
  • Karna Nisewaner, SVP, GC, and Corp Secretary, Cadence 
  • Moderator: Melissa Samano Ruiz, Intellectual Property Litigation Associate, Jackson Walker


3:05 PM - 4:00 PMESG 101

What is ESG is and what growth opportunities are available in this space?    

This session will feature industry leaders for an engaging session on what you need to grow your career with ESG:


  • Erica Connolly, Deputy AG at the California Attorney General’s office 
  • Jayni Hein, Of Counsel, Covington 
  • Miriam Wrobel, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting 
  • Moderator: Elena DiMuzio, Partner, Kammerud DiMuzio LLP 
4:00 PM - 4:30 PMReflect and Plan to Rise

The day concludes with a 30-minute session to collaborate, clarify what you have learned, and identify at least one action you will take to advance your career.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PMNetworking Reception

Join us and members of the Silicon Valley Chapter for an opportunity to socialize with your peers and the greater ChIPs community. 


Speakers and agenda are subject to change